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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Inquirer Breaking News - 18 min 20 sec ago
ABUJA, Nigeria  — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more than 100 teenage students kidnapped on Tuesday are free. The unprecedented string of attacks, which started with a massive explosion in the capital that killed at least 75 people, has many questioning the ability of Nigeria's military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising. It has killed more than 1,500 people this year alone, compared to an estimated 3,600 between 2010 and 2013. "Once a...

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Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter

Inquirer Breaking News - 32 min 31 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines—The Swiss-based pharmaceutical transnational manufacturer of a leukemia drug has promised to help a Leyte firefighter afflicted with the cancer to get access to the expensive medication he needs.   Novartis Healthcare Philippines (NHP), the local subsidiary of Novartis, said it will work with the doctor of Dario Raagas—the afflicted firefighter who despite his deteriorating health remained on duty when Supertyphoon Yolanda struck in Tacloban City last November—and with the government and non-government agencies concerned to help him with his treatment.   The 43-year-old Raagas, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) since age...

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Japan says visa-free entry still a plan

Inquirer Breaking News - 34 min 20 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines—Not so fast, don’t buy that plane ticket to Tokyo just yet.   The Japanese Embassy in Manila has clarified that the proposal to waive the visa requirement for Filipino tourists to Japan remains to be a plan, saying that such a policy would require bilateral talks between Tokyo and Manila.   Miwa Yamatoya, press officer at the Japanese Embassy, said the visa waiver would require “comprehensive consideration” between the two countries.   Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Tuesday that the Japanese government and its ruling coalition “are making arrangements” to exempt tourists from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietn...

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Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize

Inquirer Breaking News - 37 min 10 sec ago
JINDO—The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized slipped into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonised vigil on shore.   Six people were confirmed dead, but with every hour that passed fears mounted for the 290 still unaccounted for after the multi-storey vessel with 475 on board suddenly listed, capsized and then sank 20 kilometres (13 miles) offshore.   Naval and coastguard vessels used floodlights and flares to keep the search operation going through the night, but strong currents and low visibility hampered efforts by diving teams to access the submerged ve...

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Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min ago
LOS ANGELES — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.   Jay Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference Wednesday to announce the music festival, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia. They did not announce the lineup of performers or address residents' concerns about the venue — a park in downtown Los Angeles that is crossed by several streets and partially surrounded by residential buildings.   The Made in America festival could draw 50,000 concertgoers, Garcett...

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Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

Inquirer Breaking News - 41 min 46 sec ago
PERTH— A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. The Bluefin 21 had covered 90 square kilometers (35 square miles) of the silt-covered sea bed off the west Australian coast in its first three missions, the search coordination center said on Thursday. While data collected by the sub from its latest mission, which ended overnight, was still being analyzed, nothing of note had yet been discovered, the center said. A total of 12 planes and 11 ships were to join wh...

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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

Inquirer Breaking News - 43 min 59 sec ago
TORONTO—A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager. uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians "look very bad all over the world." Casado's relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN's constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN's Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company's office in...

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Traffic builds up on roads leading to provinces as Holy Week exodus peaks

GMA Breaking News - 49 min 23 sec ago
Traffic built up on roads leading to the provinces while some bus terminals in Metro Manila were packed as the Holy Week exodus to the provinces peaked on Maundy Thursday.
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Obama: Russia faces consequences for destabilizing Ukraine

ABS-CBN news - 57 min 31 sec ago
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Russia can expect further sanctions if it steps up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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BIR trains sights on Makati lawyers

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 5 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now training its sights on lawyers who have not been paying the right taxes.
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World economy on steady course at best

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 7 min ago
The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed.
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Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 7 min ago
LOS ANGELES - Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee.
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Metro Manila goes dry

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 15 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - Large areas of Metro Manila went dry starting yesterday as a flood control project got underway.
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DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 23 min ago
MANILA, Philippines—In the last two years of the administration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will “prioritize rehabilitation over preventive maintenance” in the preservation of the country’s road network, which is valued at P1.2 trillion.   In a report, the DPWH also said it would continue “improving the smoothness of national highways through improved construction processes, tighter supervision and quality assurance during the roads’ construction stage.”   Other agency priorities in 2015 and 2016 include the following: Pavement of the remaining gravel and rough roads nationwide; replacing all timber and bailey bridges with c...

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Hot air balloons soar anew for 19th revival at Clark

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 24 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - Kites, aircraft, and practically “everything that flies” will hit the Philippine skies again after a one-year break as the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) sets its 19th edition on Feb. 12-15, 2015 at the Phl Air Force Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone.
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Experts say video doesn’t show Earhart wreckage

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 27 min ago
CHEYENNE, United States — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Wyoming resident Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, is pushing a federal lawsuit against the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie. Mellon claims the group found the wreckage of Earhart's plane in 2010 but kept the discovery a secret so it could solicit money from him to continue the search. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic...

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DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines—How well are the mayors managing the funds of their cities and municipalities?   Thanks to a new project of the Department of Finance (DOF), ordinary citizens may now find out how good their local governments are at handling taxpayer money.   The DOF-Bureau of Local Government Finance last week published its Local Government Unit (LGU) Fiscal Sustainability Scorecards—a regular fiscal and financial management performance assessment of all LGUs.   Scorecards for all cities and municipalities in the country are available online via the Iskor ng ’yong Bayan website http://iskor.blgf.gov.ph.   Cities and towns are give...

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Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 32 min ago
JINDO, South Korea - South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land.
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Pacquiao raises $100k for Yolanda survivors  

GMA Breaking News - 1 hour 33 min ago
After emerging as champion inside the ring last weekend, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao showed his championship mettle outside the ring – with an auction for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
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Jay-Z brings 'Made in America' music fest to LA

ABS-CBN news - 1 hour 35 min ago
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Jay Z joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday to announce that his music festival, "Budweiser Made in America," will be coming to downtown Los Angeles in August, giving the annual music bash a second venue.  
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